Summer of a Lifetime

summer of a lifetime
Look at unshaven, young Terry (bottom middle)!


Back in college, specifically the summer after sophomore year, our group of friends came up with a set of activities for those who decided not to go back home for the summer.  We called it “Summer of a Lifetime” and made it spectacular by matching our clothes every time we did an activity.  We saw live music at the Hollywood Bowl, we watched giraffes mate at the San Diego Zoo, we hiked 8 miles to a beautiful lake, we camped, we lived.  I was still working 40 hours a week at the UCI Housing Office so going out was still a luxury, as it is now, but I had a lot less responsibilities and no significant other.

What should you do this summer?  Here is a list of things I have done in the past or want to do this summer (sorry mostly limited to the Bay Area):

  • Real Escape Room – get together with a group of friends or strangers and escape from a room in a limited amount of time
  • Go on a day/weekend trip to Napa, Monterey, Pismo Beach, Mendocino (I need to do the last two!)
  • Alameda County Fair (or any county fair in your area!) on either July 4th (because fireworks are included) or check the performance schedule to see which oldie but goodie performer is there.  I was lucky enough to see Boyz II Men a couple years ago an that was still one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to.
  • Create a summer reading list (below are my recent favorites, most of which I’ve read for FREE from my local online library):
    • The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
    • Wonder – R.J. Palacio
    • The Fault in Our Stores – John Green
    • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling
    • Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash – Edward Humes
    • 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami (currently reading)
  • Go for a run around Lake Merritt (Oakland) or Lake Elizabeth (Fremont)
  • Picnic anywhere; there are so many choices!
  • Take Titan and Marlow to Fort Funston and other new dog parks
  • Plant a summer vegetable, herb, or fruit in a pot!  It is so satisfying to work with your hands and get something delicious out of it.  Plus, you can trade with friends since gardening seems to be the thing to do nowadays.

Let me know what your suggestions are!  We’re always looking for new experiences.


Summer of a Lifetime

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